Distraction is a danger to first responders

Texas drivers are aware of laws that require them to yield to emergency vehicles. However, recent research indicates that despite these laws, many drivers become more distracted in the presence of emergency vehicles. This can put first responders, and others, at risk.

While it is understandable that a driver might become nervous around the scene of an accident or when confronted with sirens and flashing lights, there are other factors that often contribute to distraction. In many cases, drivers are using their phones to take photographs or videos of an accident scene. Others share responses to the emergency to social media accounts.

When drivers prioritize social media sharing and accident photography over basic safety, collisions can occur. In fact, one out of 10 individuals who responded to the survey about social media use noted that they had hit, or almost hit an emergency services worker while using social media as they drove by an accident.

Unfortunately, many survey respondents, 40%, indicated that risk of injury is "part of the job" for first responders. This attitude may suggest that drivers are not motivated to change their behavior when they drive past the scene of an accident.

The consequences of auto accidents can be severe for victims. Many people die as a result of their injuries, and others may suffer lifetime effects. Many victims struggle with large medical expenses and even become permanently disabled and unable to work.

The victim of an auto accident may benefit from consulting with an experienced personal injury lawyer. Legal counsel could review the client's case and make recommendations for obtaining compensation either through insurance negotiation or litigation.

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